Farewell and Best Wishes

After more than 20 years at EDC, Christchurch Director and Civil Team Leader Andrew Congalton has decided to join another firm at the end of September. He is leaving because an opportunity has arisen for him to pursue a passion in environmentally friendly waste water systems. Our office will now... Read more

Fendalton House – 2020 Canterbury Architecture Award Winner

Congratulations to our Christchurch Structural Team for their work on the Fendalton House project.  This project recently won a Heritage award at the 2020 Canterbury Architecture Awards (List of Award Winners). The team was charged with the earthquake repair design for this home located on Kahu Road next to the... Read more

Voted the Most Trusted Engineers in Whakatane 2019

Great news for the EDC Whakatane team in winning the Most Trusted Engineers award for the Whakatane area. Hard earned recognition based on customer reviews.

Tony Dong – Structural Team Leader, Canterbury

Congratulations to Tony Dong who has been appointed Structural Team Leader, Canterbury. Tony has been a valued member of the Christchurch office structural team since 2014.  He has excellent technical knowledge and during his time at EDC has undertaken many earthquake related projects and led the design for many new... Read more

EDC Welcomes Back Chris Harre

Chris previously worked at EDC for 4.5 years and after a brief stint with another employer he has rejoined the Auckland Civil Team as a Senior Civil Engineer. Chris has 16 years experience in the civil consulting environment.  He has predominantly worked in the Auckland region on land development and... Read more

EDC raises $300 for Cancer Society

EDC held a fundraising morning tea/lunch in each of our three offices last Friday 30th August, to raise money for the annual Cancer Society Daffodil Day appeal. It was great to enjoy some delicious food and catch up with colleagues.  We raised $300 for Cancer Society.

UC STEM Careers Fair

EDC joined the exhibitors at the annual UC STEM Careers Fair, on 15 May 2019, as always we were thrilled by the number of attendees and the people we got to meet and discuss engineering and careers at EDC with. EDC ran a brain teaser competition, which proved hard to... Read more

EDC Christchurch go Zip Lining

The EDC Christchurch office were lucky enough to spend the afternoon at the Christchurch Adventure Park on a zip lining tour. The tour consisted of four zip lines, the last of which is the longest in the southern hemisphere, stretching over a kilometer in length.  There were two parallel lines... Read more

EDC Welcomes Donny Zhang

Donny first worked with EDC as a summer intern back in 2017, he has now joined the EDC Bay of Plenty team as a Graduate Geotechnical Engineer.  Donny has just completed his Bachelor of Civil Engineering with honours degree at University of Auckland. Donny is originally from China and has... Read more

Mani Gounder celebrates 15 years at EDC

Congratulations to Mani for 15 years at EDC. We celebrated in true EDC style, with a delicious morning tea in the Auckland office.  We also sent Mani and his wife to Whitianga in the Coromandel for a lovely long weekend to show our appreciation for all his hard work and... Read more

Do you need a Certificate of Acceptance?

If you’re curious about a Certificate of Acceptance (CoA) it’s probably because you need one and you’re not too sure how to start the process. What is a Certificate of Acceptance (CoA) CoA is a document issued by your local council confirming that they believe, as far as they could... Read more

EDC Whakatane has rebranded to EDC Bay of Plenty

In recent months there has been plenty of change in the EDC Bay of Plenty office. We have moved offices; however, we remain in the same building above the ASB bank on The Strand. Staff numbers have increased from 3 to 6 which includes one of the company directors relocating... Read more

The Importance of a Suitable Geotechnical Investigation.

Omitting an investigation can alter plans, not always for the better. This could be as simple as a more conservative design because you can’t confirm the soil parameters, or it could be significantly more costly and time consuming. There have been cases of completing a build only to have to... Read more

EDC Welcomes Angus Coull

Angus has joined the EDC Christchurch team as a Graduate Structural Engineer. He has just completed his studies at University of Canterbury towards his Bachelor of Engineering with honours and is excited to put what he has learn to practice. Born in raised in Christchurch Angus spends a lot of... Read more

Concrete Conference

Engineering Design Consultants Ltd is proud to have been part of the 2018 Concrete Conference with a presentation and paper from our Auckland Structural Team Leader Nuno Narciso on ‘The practical application of the Simple Lateral Mechanism Analysis (SLaMA) for a Detailed Seismic Assessment (DSA) of a concrete moment frame building’.... Read more

Inaugural success for our Whakatane Office

The Horizon Energy Group Business Excellence awards celebrates the success of business excellence for emerging, small, medium and large businesses throughout the Eastern Bay of Plenty. These awards are biennial and provide the grounds for business to focus on continuous improvement through diversity, challenges and opportunities. Recently the awards recognised... Read more

Tony Dong – CPEng

Congratulations to Tony Dong who has been accepted as a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng).

EDC Christchurch Welcomes Mike Jennings

Mike joins the Christchurch office Civil team as an Intermediate Engineer, he brings 13 years industry experience which will be a great asset to the team. He has two daughters Poppy and Mollyanne who keep him busy but in his spare time he likes to get out back country hiking,... Read more

EDC raises $400 for Cancer Society

EDC held a fundraising morning tea/lunch in each of our three offices last Friday.  As well as enjoying some great food and catching up with our colleagues over lunch we managed to raise $400 for Cancer Society.  

How New Asbestos Regulations Affect Stakeholders

On April 4, 2018, the two-year window for industry, regulator and training partners to implement changes created by the Health and Safety (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 expired. The requirements in the Asbestos Regulations around risk managment are now in full force. This includes the requirement for asbestos management plans and greater... Read more

The Benefits of Early Involvement

At Engineering Design Consultants Ltd, (EDC), we strive to deliver the best possible solutions for our clients. Sometimes, simple changes result in greater efficiencies – adjusting the layout, shifting the position of a building on the site, or utilising a different system of supports. Implementing these adjustments is smoother for all... Read more

Exciting New Addition to the EDC Auckland Family

Engineering Design Consultants Ltd (EDC) are delighted to welcome Nuno Narciso into the role of Team Leader in their Auckland structural division. With a decade of experience in both high rise, bridge and stadium design in Portugal and the rebuild of Christchurch following the earthquakes of 2010/11, Nuno brings with... Read more

EDC Welcomes Jing Liu

EDC would like to welcome new starter Jing Liu who has joined the Auckland Structural team as a Junior Draughter. Jing is originally from Beijing, China and moved to Auckland with his family in 2015.  Jing and his wife have two twin girls, which means we now have two sets... Read more

EDC Christchurch Welcomes Marlon Silva

Marlon joins the EDC Christchurch team as a Graduate Civil Engineer, Marlon was born and raised in Sri Lanka where he was a Civil Engineer for 4 years before moving to New Zealand in  January 2017. He was employed by CECB engineering consultancy in Sri Lanka and carried out construction monitoring... Read more

Careers Fair Competition Winner

We are pleased to announce the winner of our Engineering and Science Careers Fair 2018 Competition – Andrew Christie.  Andrew is studying towards his Civil Engineering (Structural) degree. The competition involved solving the brain teaser, there was a large number of correct answers and Andrew’s name was drawn at random... Read more

Canterbury University – Careers Fair

EDC Christchurch attended the Canterbury University Engineering and Science Fair, held on Wednesday 9 May, having a booth at this event enables us to engage with future graduates.  This year’s event had a massive turn out with lots of interest in graduate positions and people stopping to find out about EDC.... Read more

Engineering 101 series

You may have found yourself requiring the services of an engineer, but are not quite sure exactly what is entailed. Engineering plays a critical role in many construction and development projects and the ENGINEERING 101 series has been developed to provide easy-to-understand explanations of some of the more common facets... Read more

EDC goes sailing

Auckland, Christchurch and Whakatane offices all met up recently to celebrate the up and coming holiday season. The day started with a picnic at Silo Park, followed by an afternoon of sailing on the sunny Waitemata Harbour.  The offices were split into two and we raced America’s Cup Boats against... Read more

Whakatane Expansion

Our Whakatane office recently celebrated it’s one year anniversary of full time operation after a very successful year and solidifying our presence in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.  Our office continued to grow in 2017 with the addition of two permanent staff members with our ground guru, Chris Green, at... Read more

Earthquake Prone Buildings

Over the last couple of years EDC have provided online guides to this somewhat long and complex proposed legislation and we’ve just completed a major update so please take a look here. Even better, give us a call or drop us a line, we would be happy to assist you.... Read more

EDC Movember

Ever ones to embrace a challenge, several of our engineers have taken on Movember and lived to tell the tale. Growing facial hair to raise awareness for Men’s Health issues, we’ve seen a wide variety of creations across the Auckland, Christchurch and Whakatane offices. Thanks to Nuno, Delane and Kostas... Read more

Nuno Narciso – CPEng

Congratulations to Nuno who has been accepted as a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng). Nuno has been working in New Zealand for 4 years and has worked hard to gain CPEng within that time.

ENSOC Expo Competition Winner

We are pleased to announce the winner of our ENSOC Expo Competition – Luke Johnstone.  Luke is studying towards his Professional Masters in Engineering Geology at UC. The competition involved guessing the circumference of the grout sleeve, Luke’s guess of 190.00 mm was the nearest, with the actual circumference being... Read more

Jonathan Mumford made Director

The Directors are pleased to announce that Jonathan Mumford has accepted the position of Director at Engineering Design Consultants, where he joins Patrick Harris, Gareth Williams and Andrew Congalton. Jonathan worked as a Civil Engineering Contractor and Consulting Engineer before immigrating to NZ. He joined EDC, initially as a Civil... Read more

EDC signs up again

EDC is no stranger to scaling the sides of Auckland’s iconic downtown events arena. When the Arena was first constructed in 2006, the 6.5m tall signage support structure located on the north and west faces were designed by EDC. A recent rebranding, now Spark Arena, called for larger signage lettering.... Read more

Team EDC – A View from The Bridge

On a sunny but blowy spring day EDC staff enjoy the views from the Harbour Bridge as 15 of the Auckland office sprinted, run or walked across the Harbour Bridge in the 12 km Traverse which is part of the Auckland Marathon program. The staff looked nearly as good at... Read more

EDC Employee Brandwear

EDC employees recently received new branded clothing which has proven very popular even prompting a group photo at both the Christchurch and Auckland offices to show off some of the new items.

NZ Stormwater Conference

Madeline Wright (Civil/Environmental Engineer, Christchurch) & Chris Harré (Civil Engineer, Auckland) both attended this year’s annual NZ Stormwater Conference held from the 18th – 20th May at Nelsons Rutherford Hotel. The conference was attended by 329 delegates from all parts of the country. The main theme at this year’s conference... Read more

EDC Help A Flying House Take Off

The weather on this Sunday morning was not exactly perfect for a chat over the fence, with a dreary overcast sky in Christchurch’s early winter. However the neighbours around the house on Kahu Road abandoned the warmth of their homes’, instead taking up positions in their driveways with their heads... Read more

Andrew Congalton Made Director

The Directors are pleased to announce that Andrew Congalton has accepted the position of Director at Engineering Design Consultants, where he joins Patrick Harris, Gareth Williams and Ian Hendy. Andrew joined EDC in January 2000 as a field assistant on a part time basis while he was studying for his... Read more

Solutions for rising groundwater

30% of New Zealand’s water usage comes from groundwater, the integrity of which is critical to the health of our environment, our population and our economy. With so much of our development occurring in coastal areas, the effect of rising groundwater is a major issue that cannot be ignored. This... Read more

Who’s problem is asbestos?

Earlier this month a construction site next to an Auckland kindergarten was closed down by WorkSafe New Zealand. Sadly, even in 2016 there are still sites that have not identified or properly managed asbestos risk. Not only is this a serious health risk to site workers and neighbouring land occupiers,... Read more

Easter Fishing Adventures

Seems like there may have been an unofficial inter-office fishing competition going on over the Easter weekend, Mani from the Auckland office spent his weekend fishing northeast of Tiri Island and caught an 85 cm long Kingfish and Greg from the Christchurch office was fishing at the Hydro Canals near... Read more

Whakatane Office for EDC

Engineering Design Consultants are pleased to announce the opening of an office in Whakatane. The office will offer the full range of engineering services that EDC are renowned for, but will initially focus on the Geotechnical, Civil and Environmental needs of the community. We are here to offer up to... Read more

EDC Christchurch Welcomes Nuno Narciso

The increasing infrastructures demand in Christchurch is requiring the structural division to grow.  Our latest addition to the team is Nuno Narciso, originally from Lisbon/Portugal he loves to travel and enjoys playing football, snowboarding and surfing. Nuno completed his masters in structural design in 2008 incorporating one year of investigation... Read more

New Graduate for Auckland

EDC Auckland is pleased to welcome Sarah Maetzig to join our Structural and Civil teams. Sarah has just completed her BEng (Civil) in Auckland where she studied predominantly structural papers so she could develop her career as a Structural engineer. For her 4th year project Sarah investigated the surface preparation... Read more

EDC Christmas Function

On a cloudy Auckland day the employee’s of EDC gathered to celebrate the up and coming holiday season.  They donned jump suits and hard hats to inspect the Harbour Bridge where two of their colleagues were given the opportunity to jump off!   Via the bungy experience of course. Delane from... Read more

Annual Ski Day

The EDC Christchurch office held their annual team ski day at Mt Hutt.  Despite a cloudy start to the day, conditions were great with fresh powder across the mountain – something of a rarity.  With various levels of experience it made for a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining day with more... Read more

EDC Celebrates 30 Years

EDC marked 30 years in business with a gathering of clients, staff and colleagues at Takapuna Boating Club. The occasion marked the forming of Engineering Design Consultants 30 years ago when Miles Hughes and Patrick Harris joined forces in Miles basement. From those humble beginnings EDC has grown to become... Read more